*A national campaign to convince African Americans to become organ donors appears to have paid off.

According to a new study by the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), between 1990 and 2008, minority organ donation percentages doubled in the U.S. – jumping from 15 percent of all donations to 30 percent.

The study was led by MOTTEP founder Dr. Clive Callender – a transplant surgeon at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University.

Historically, there have always been far more people needing organ transplants than persons donating organs.

The problem was especially accute for Blacks. For example, African Americans are three times more likely than whites to develop kidney disease and they account for one-third of those waiting for kidney transplants. (Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net)